MGM Studios Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Not as enjoyable as it once was but treated very well.

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    Current Employee - Director in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at MGM Studios full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Treated well. Can give opinion.

    Cons

    Lack of trust and respect for other employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Film finance company, not a studio

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MGM Studios

    Pros

    Exposure to the glory days when studio leaders were the tastemakers.

    Cons

    Competitive environment, but what's the brass ring here?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building audiences by showing them something NEW they haven't seen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. One of the last old-school entertainment companies

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Century City, CA

    I worked at MGM Studios full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the Century City office which was pretty lavish. Very old-school at the time. Good catalog of classic films.

    Cons

    Lots of money spent on things that didn't matter that much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things have changed a lot since I've been there so no advice to current management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MGM Studios

    Pros

    great benefits, vacation days, sick days, personal days. looks great on a resume. good way to break into the entertainment industry

    Cons

    depending on your department, work is sometimes very slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great industry experience and professional respectful working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MGM Studios

    Pros

    The people are great. No office politics or egos. They like to promote from within. Company runs very lean which provides a lot of opportunity to take on new projects and learn a lot. While MGM has a very well established brand, the company itself has a very entrepreneurial spirit.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standard. Because company has such low over-head, long hours and burnout are common. Company does very little to develop or nurture the corporate culture. Very benefits outside of basic health insurance and 401k.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees to keep top talent. Invest in basic industry resources to create more efficiencies. Recognize the importance of employees needing to be valued and develop the corporate culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Hands on environment

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    Former Intern - Development Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Development Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at MGM Studios as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You always get great feedback and improvement opportunities - this is really a great company to grow at an early stage.

    Cons

    A lot of the same daily tasks can become mundane, but there are opportunities to mix things up a bit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great learning experience, slow-paced

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at MGM Studios as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    MGM is a company with a long history and you can feel it, working in the office. Friendly but reserved people. Felt like a lot of people were under a huge amount of stress.

    Cons

    Work as an intern is pretty limited, but what I did was fun and interesting. Not much of a career path for interns, though.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Position, position, position...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at MGM Studios (less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were mostly pleasant. They also would go out of their way to help you with genuine interest. VP's were accessible for most part.

    Cons

    Certain departments seem to lack cohesion and morale. The executive offices where I was located often sounded like a party and the interior office cubes more like a morgue. The office layout was alienating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Through ups and downs...

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    Former Employee - Manager in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at MGM Studios full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was with this company through a takeover by Sony, a bankruptcy, and two relocations. We had years that were strong and years that were horrible. A truly durable brand, with dedicated employees. Great benefits, good people, and a great location.

    Cons

    Definitely not the best paying studio around. I felt like I had reached a ceiling, as promotions were very few and far between. When employees don't feel that they have something they're working towards or that they're making progress, they tend to stagnate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more career growth within the company. Listen more to mid-level managers and directors for their input, as they're the ones in the trenches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Friendly environment but leadership needs improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MGM Studios full-time

    Pros

    Given the small size of the Studio, employees have the opportunity to get involved in many interesting projects that may be outside the scope of their core responsibilities. If you like being challenged in new areas of the entertainment business and can take initiative then this may be an appealing environment. By and large, it's a friendly environment and co-workers are respectful towards one-another.

    Cons

    While there is a lot of talk about the importance of leadership, in practice, it's lacking at the more senior levels. Employees are pushed very hard but are underpaid and under appreciated. It doesn't take much to boost the morale of a dedicated workforce but the senior management here comes across as a bit self serving and manipulative. Building trust and expressing appreciation is a far more effective approach. Lastly, whether they realize it or not, the senior management operates as a bit of an insider's club, which can be frustrating for those on the outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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